A Strong Distinction between Humans and Non-Humans is no Longer Required for Research Purposes: A Debate Between Bruno Latour and Steve Fuller

History of the Human Sciences 16 (2):77-99 (2003)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The second International Knowledge and Discourse Conference, held at the University of Hong Kong in June 2002, was the forum for the long-awaited debate between Bruno Latour and Steve Fuller. Bruno Latour counts beyond two. He places the blame for the emphasis in academia on the subject-object distinction on Kant. Latour wants academics to acknowledge that things act, and suggests we look at other traditions, e.g. the Chinese, for alternatives to the subject-object dichotomy. Steve Fuller concentrated on the moral project of science, which is to draw a distinction between the human and the non-human and, to highlight the fact that, as the culmination of the sciences, social science has a particular responsibility to make this distinction. He accused Bruno Latour of evading the moral issue. The debate can be read as a reiteration of the postions of Bruno Latour and Steve Fuller on the question of heterogeneity at the theoretical level, but it did not address the topic at the practical or research level



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 77,805

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Rescuing the gorgias from Latour.Jeff Kochan - 2006 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (4):395-422.
Latour's Heidegger.Jeff Kochan - 2010 - Social Studies of Science 40 (4):579-598.
Pandora’s hope.Bruno Latour - 1998 - Harvard University Press.
In-Between Science and Politics.Karen François - 2011 - Foundations of Science 16 (2-3):161-171.
The author rebounds: Latour to Oldroyd.Bruno Latour - 1988 - Social Epistemology 2 (2):183.
The author responds: Latour to Oldroyd.Bruno Latour - 1987 - Social Epistemology 1 (4):347 – 350.
Bruno Latour and actor-network-theory.Bozidar Filipovic - 2012 - Filozofija I Društvo 23 (1):129-149.


Added to PP

38 (#314,178)

6 months
8 (#116,219)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?